Frequently Asked Questions — Vermont Smoke & Cure

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will your products last?

Each of our products is stamped with a Best Used By date, either directly on the film or on a white sticker. We suggest consuming all Vermont Smoke & Cure® products before the Best Used By date indicated on packaging.

Where do you get the meat from?

Nationally, we only buy “natural” premium meats — that is, raised without antibiotics or added hormones*

By partnering with our customers to create more demand for these meats, we influence the farmers and the big meat companies to grow and supply meats that are superior for the livestock, farmers and landscape.

 

I am concerned about allergens. What common allergens are present in your products and facility?

All of the products we produce are free from the following Major Food Allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and sesame. The only exception to this is the Maple Teriyaki flavor we had been producing with sesame oil is in market with a best by date of 12/4/22. We have a validated cleaning process that prevents any cross-contamination in between production runs, so this allergen is not a concern for the rest of the line.

Do your products contain nitrates?

All of our products have no nitrates or nitrites added, except for nitrates naturally occurring in celery juice powder and sea salt.

What is the difference between cured and uncured?

The “uncured” designation is required by the USDA — but it isn’t entirely accurate. The nitrate sources are celery juice and sea salt rather than sodium nitrite — the same result is reached and the flavor is nearly identical. We agree with those who advocate for calling use of these natural ingredients “naturally cured.”

What is the source of the casing for your products?

All our sticks have a beef collagen casing. 

The dark outer casing on our Summer Sausage is a peel able fibrous casing that is to be removed before consuming, but it will not cause any harm if accidentally ingested. 

Are all of your products smoked?

At Vermont Smoke & Cure we naturally smoke half of our line of sticks using maple and hickory woodchips.  

We never use liquid or artificial smoke flavors. 

Can I pick up my order so I don’t have to pay for shipping?

Unfortunately, unless you are a wholesale customer or distributor you cannot pick up your order. We agreed to stipulations by the Planning & Zoning board of the Town of Hinesburg that we not function as a retail location.

You’ll need to visit one of our retailer customers, or to order shelf stable items from our web site. (Hint — ask your local store to carry us!)

Do you ship internationally?

We only ship within the United States.

Can I come for a tour?

We are a USDA regulated facility so this is prohibitive.  

I want to sell your products in my store or serve them in my restaurant. How can we make this happen?

Feel free to check out our Wholesaler & Small Retailer page and submit an inquiry. Someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours upon receipt. 

Is there a phone # I can call to order?

Feel free to give us a call anytime Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm EST at 802-482-4666 and we’d be happy to take your order.